Anyone else find Safari to be VERY frustrating to use?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by MrMan112, Jul 30, 2005.

  1. MrMan112 macrumors member

    Feb 4, 2005
    Since Tiger came out, I switched from Firefox to Safari. Lately, I've been noticing that Safari loads pages very slowly, and it often freezes up (the rainbow spinning thing shows up).

    The freezing was enough to send me back to Firefox. Is the caused by something with my computer, or is it just the way Safari is?
  2. Xtremehkr macrumors 68000


    Jul 4, 2004
    Just the opposite, the latest version of Safari rocks.
  3. matthew24 macrumors 6502


    May 30, 2002
    Do you reset Safari once in a while? (could help)
  4. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Must be a problem somewhere else in your system.
    Did you do a upgrade or a completely new install?
    Maybe a little more info...

    What kind of settings are you using with Safari?
    Any add ons?

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  5. wkw macrumors 6502


    Mar 23, 2004
    Eugene, OR
    I get the spinning beachball too. I am using the latest version. I am trying out Shiira, its quite snappy and imported all my safari bookmarks.
  6. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    Nah... there is the occasional beach-balling with Safari 2 and it crashes every now and then (almost exclusively when closing tabs after visiting sites with shady cgi-programming), but I still find it the best browser at the moment (also coming from Firefox under Panther).

    If you're too annoyed with Safari, try the nightly builds of Firefox 1.1/1.5. There has been some mentioning of that being very much better with Tiger than Firefox 1.0.x.

    There's always Opera, Shiira and Camino, too if you want to try some different browsers. All free ones with some dedicated followers... ;)
  7. Over Achiever macrumors 68000

    Over Achiever

    Jul 22, 2002
    Toledo, OH, formerly Twin Cities, MN
    Wow I've never heard of this browser before ... reminds me of Avant on PC (adds features to IE like this adds features to Safari)

    I'm using it now ... it's really nice! ^^
  8. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    no problems using safari for me, it rocks, im actually NOT using Camino as my main browser which is surprising, perhaps i will switch back with the next build
  9. m-dogg macrumors 65816


    Mar 15, 2004
    while I am happy with safari, shiira does look pretty cool - some nice eye candy-type expose, page turning..I'll have to check it out!
  10. Sogo macrumors 6502

    Jan 4, 2004
    Whao whao whao whoa, whoa. Where are these builds of Firefox 1.5?
  11. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    1.1 = 1.5, sort of (I'm stretching it a bit ;)). There were some reports a week ago about Mozilla skipping the 1.1 release and going directly for 1.5, because 1.1 has so many added features that it made more sense to call it 1.5.
  12. Sogo macrumors 6502

    Jan 4, 2004
    Thats all fine and dandy, but you said "try the nightly builds of Firefox 1.1/1.5." Which, to me, means that we can download the pre release builds...I have yet to find it.
  13. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    Try here.

    Edit: Hey! I didn't get Firefox, but Deer Park Alpha 2. That's new, isn't it? :)
  14. Sogo macrumors 6502

    Jan 4, 2004
    Well then, thank you. I shall try it.
  15. Sogo macrumors 6502

    Jan 4, 2004
    Funny story: I open deerpark from the DMG and its fine... I Open deerpark from hardrive, its all messed up...OH well...cant really complain.
  16. za9ra22 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 25, 2003
    On my G5, and mini, Safari runs pretty well. No major issues other than that on the mini it suffers the memory leak problem which means that after a couple of days of continuous use it gets a bit sluggish. Qutiing and restarting resolves the problem completely. It has the same memory leak problem on the G5 too of course, but even after a week, does not cause any performance issues.

    BUT, running Safari on my old G4/450 Sawtooth is a lesson in frustration. On this system the memory leak problem doesn't seem to occur, but clicking on almost any link on any page pushes the CPU to 100% (Activity Monitor shows Safari has about 87-93% of that) and the spinning beachball appears. The stall lasts anything from just under a second to maybe 10 seconds, depending on which site is involved - and ironically, Apple's web site (particularly the support and dicussion areas) are the worst!

    All systems are running 10.4.2 and have 512Mb RAM - actually the G4/450 has a bit more than that. It makes web browsing on the G4 a tedious activity.

    Oddly, in Panther and Jaguar the G4 was perfectly usable with the prior issues of Safari, and since it has 3 internal drives, I'm going to do a bit of experimentation by loading Jaguar on one, Panther on another and retaining Tiger on the primary and booting alternately from each to see how the different OS/Safari versions impact on performance and use.

    It seems to me that from the time when Safari was released, when Apple rightly proclaimed the amazing speed it achieved in accessing and loading pages, subsequent iterations have become more and more bloated - to the point where it has little other than simplicity of use going for it.
  17. Stella macrumors G3


    Apr 21, 2003
    Try using webkit version.. on version tracker there is an App that allows you to download the nightly build. There are quite a few improvements, and appears to be quite stable.

    Shame Apple won't implement some of the features in Firefox - such as per website settings for popup, cookies etc.

    I wish Apple would allow more than one user name / password autofill per website.

    However, the latest stable version of Safari is fine, fast and stable. No problems.
  18. pubwvj macrumors 68000


    Oct 1, 2004
    Mountains of Vermont
    I find Safari most excellent.
    I do restart it if it starts to get too slow, like when I have a lot of tabs and windows going.
    I run with Java and Plugins turned off but JavaScript turned on and blocking popup windows.
    I use PithHelmet and Sogudi but no other extras.
    Speed is excellent and it runs smoothly.
    This is on a PowerBook Pismo, PowerBook Lombard and iMac G5 20".
  19. Lacero macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
    Safari runs fine for me. No stalls, hardly any crashes, fast and easy to use.
  20. goodtimes5 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 4, 2004
    Bay Area
    Safari is fine for normal use. However, I get occasional crashes on sites that require lots of loading. Moreover, baseball websites just take too long to navigate; Safari seems to have problems with loading the flash content fluidly.
  21. Chrispy macrumors 68020


    Dec 27, 2004
    I experience similar issues with crashes myself. If a page has a lot of stuff on it Safari likes to just close on me. Very frustrating but not frequent enough to make me switch browsers.
  22. Soulstorm macrumors 68000


    Feb 1, 2005
    No problems with Safari here. All is working fine, even in pages that require a lot of loading...

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